4-H Member Qualifies to Compete in 2014 National 4-H Invitational

Congratulations to Wyatt Bohmann of the Bows and Barrels 4-H club on his qualifying to join the New Jersey State Delegation in the discipline of Compound Archery. This delegation will represent the state at 2014 National 4-H Invitational being held in Grande Island, Nebraska (June 24-29).

During the State 4-H Match held on October 26 Wyatt scored 175 in the FITA Match for a 96.69% and a #2 ranking. In the Field Match he scored 182 a 99.45%, again ranking second. In the 3D Archery Match Wyatt scored 44, a 95.65%, finishing second. In the Final Rankings for New Jersey 4-H, Wyatt was #2 with a 97.26%.

Fellow Bows and Barrels members, Christian Fragomeni and Emily Wesloske also competed in the match. Christian finished with a 71.91% and was ranked 7th in the state. Emily finished right behind Christian with a 71.45% and #8 ranking.


New Jersey 4-H Model Horse Show

4-H model horse club member with project
4-H model horse member sets their exhibit (courtesy: Annette Devitt)

The NJ State 4-H Model Horse Show is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Middlesex County 4-H Center in East Brunswick. This event is open to 4-H members in good standing. Juniors are in 4th to 7th grade and Seniors are in 8th to 13th grade as of September 2013. Registration opens at 8:30 AM and judging begins at 9:30 AM.

Fees are $1.50 per model up to 19 horses; $30 flat fee for 20 to 30 horses; $40 for 31 or more models.

Entries must be postmarked by January 17 and mailed to Carol Ward.

For more information contact Lillian Shupe by e-mail (lrshupe@frontiernet.net) or phone (908-948-1271 or 908-892-3255 or Carol Ward by e-mail (ward@aesop.rutgers.edu) or phone (908-526-6644).

How to Show Model Horses

Info Packet

About The 4-H Model Horse Program

The New Jersey 4-H Model Horse Project is an educational program, entailing the collecting, photographing and showing of model horses. This sincere hobby inspires 4-H’ers to pursue perfection, authenticity and artistry. The “world of the model horse show” involves a vast equine knowledge and skill to reproduce the realism needed to portray the image of a live horse. The world of model horses is both interesting and informative. 4-H horse lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in this project. It is especially accommodating for 4-H’ers who do not have horses or for 4-H’ers who, because of health reasons, cannot physically work around live horses.

Exhibiting and photographing model horses can be a total learning experience. 4-H’ers discover the structure of the horse – anatomy and conformation; way-of-going; colors; markings; proper tack, equipment and attire; and styles of riding and showing. Numerous skills are developed in sculpting, painting, leather-work, photography, collecting and record keeping. The only limitations are your knowledge and imagination. The ultimate goal is to take the specific action of a live horse, freeze it in time and portray it in model size. Realism and correctness are the intent.

Model horse shows were started by adults in the mid-1960s, first with the “photo” show and later the “live” show. In a photo show, a picture of a model horse is assessed. The horse is photographed at halter or in a performance class. The photo is sent to a “photo show” to be judged. A “live show” is where the actual model is exhibited and judged.



NJ 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

Dairy Cow
Dairy Cow by Markku Akerfelt

The New Jersey 4-H Dairy Project Advisory Council will host the 13th Annual New Jersey 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl competition on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Monmouth County Extension Office.

The Junior Division will be a team competition, with each team consisting of four members. The members on the team can be from different clubs or even different counties.

The Senior Division will be an individual contest and the top placing individuals will have the opportunity to form the State Team to attend the National 4-H or Holstein competitions.

Any 15 year old junior member should take the written senior test if they wish to be considered for the Junior Holstein team.

For more information or questions, call Melanie Richman (856-935-8818) or Carol Ward (908-526-6644). Registration is due by no later than March 1.

Science of Soil 4-H Youth Summit

Registration is open for the Science of Soil 4-H Youth Summit scheduled for January 15, 2014 at Rutgers University. During the summit, teams of youth in grades 6-8 will participate in a series of activities to enrich their understanding of soil science and soil conservation.

Each team will work on a soil science related service project in their local community.

Participants must register as a team with a maximum of eight youth and one adult per team.

Teams from public, private or parochial schools, as well as young people involved in 4-H clubs, school clubs, after-school programs, or home-school group groups are invited to participate.

Visit the website for more information: http://4hset.rutgers.edu/soilsummit/

Sussex 4-H Volunteer Awardees

4-H volunteers display awards
Sussex County 4-H Recognizes:
Tony Torre (Sussex Bank), Lisa Pellow, Mary Ann Acetta, Deb Brodhecker

On October 12 Sussex County 4-H honored the volunteers responsible for the youth development program’s success in 2013. Sixty five of the 165 adult volunteers attended the annual dinner held at the Baleville Congregational Church in Newton.

The number of years volunteers have shared varies from just a few months to as long as sixty two years! The dinner affords the opportunity to recognize the contributions all have made to enrich the lives of local youth. In addition to the pins and certificates commemorating volunteer’s years of service, special awards are also presented.

The Sussex County 4-H Youth Development Award is presented to an individual for outstanding and continuous service to the program. Deborah Brodhecker received this award in recognition of her fourteen years of service as a leader with the Love on a Leash, 4-H/Seeing Eye® guide dog club. This club, combining youth and adult members, raises puppies that will be trained in the Seeing Eye® program (http://www.seeingeye.org/) to assist the blind. Deb also leads the Summer Blossoms 4-H club that focuses on horticulture. Along with her co-leader, Amy Stewart, Deb teaches youth about growing flowers, vegetables and herbs.

The 4-H Alumni Award recognizes individuals who were active members of 4-H as youth and continue to contribute to the Sussex County 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Lisa Chammings, joined a 4-H horse club when she was nine years old and has been involved with 4-H ever since. Lisa continues to serve through participation on various committees that: promote county horse shows, have raised funds to construct a 4-H building at the fairgrounds and advise the overall county 4-H program.

The Friend of 4-H Award is presented in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding leadership abilities. This year Sussex County 4-H recognizes Mary Ann Acetta for her long standing service assisting 4-H groups at the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. Mary Ann has been instrumental in scheduling numerous 4-H clubs to make use of the buildings and facilities at the fairgrounds.

Local businesses are acknowledged through the 4-H Business Award that recognizes outstanding and continuous service to the 4-H program. This year’s recipient is Sussex Bank who has generously sponsored many of the 4-H livestock shows at the annual New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show more than twelve years. These include 4-H shows for youth showing sheep, pigs and goats.


Mr. Mitchell Goes to Washington!

Tim Mitchell presents
Tim Mitchell presents and 2012 New Jersey State Fair

Tim Mitchell, (Sussex County Teen Council, Love on a Leash) was recently selected to represent Sussex County and New Jersey at the 2014 National 4-H Conference (April 5-10).

National 4-H Conference is a week-long conference, sponsored by USDA and National 4-H Headquarters, which brings together approximately 300 teen delegates from throughout the Unites States as well as the U.S. territories. The conference is designed to involve 4-H members and adults in program development. The Conference will be held at the National 4-H Youth Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Participating teens will have the opportunity to work in advisory groups. These groups discuss current issues and make recommendations. Participants visit the United States Department of Agriculture as well as members of Congress from their home state.

Tim was chosen along with five other 4-H members to represent New Jersey at this national event.

Tim has been a 4-H member for nine years. He serves as the President for Sussex County Teen Council. His 4-H honors include receiving a silver plate at State Public Presentations. Tim is also an Eagle Scout.

We wish Tim well on trip to Washington, DC for the 2014 National 4-H Conference.


Rutgers Science Saturday: Spy Technology

digital hand connected to circuitsIn this program we will explore the world of spies working with Dr. Athina Petropulu, to explore the engineering and technology of forgery detection.

Join graduate students from the Engineering program at Rutgers University to do exciting hands on activities building security systems, exploring face recognition technology, and much more!

Download our registration and permission form today.

When: March 29, 2014

Where: Rutgers University Engineering Department, Busch Campus

We must have both forms by March 14, 2014 to consider your child registered for the program.